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Jeffrey L. Ihnen Member

Jeffrey L. Ihnen has over 35 years experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the biotechnology, chemical and plant arts. He has extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. His practice focuses on a broad array of technology, including genes, gene silencing, proteins, peptides, neuropeptides, peptide toxins, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies, steroids, diagnostics, molecular biology, immunology, virology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical therapies, plants, plant regeneration, plant transformation, cell culture, organic chemistry and polymers.  Mr. Ihnen has prepared and prosecuted patent applications for high profile genes, including the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. He provides counseling to clients on development and implementation of patent strategies, technology transfer, research and development agreements, infringement and validity issues and market clearance of products.  He has performed technology audits and due diligence analysis.  In addition, he has substantial experience in preparing infringement opinions and freedom to operate opinions.


Representative Patents

Methods and compositions for the treatment of cancer or other diseases (9,200,280)
Methods and kits for synthesis of siRNA expression constructs (9,133,502)
Method of reducing cross-contamination in continuous amplification reactions in a channel (9,114,397)
Monoclonal antibody specific to major neutralizing epitope of influenza H5 hemagglutinin (8,992,929)
MicroRNAs (8,975,471)
Jatropha curcas curcin genes, tissue-specific promoters and generation of curcin-deficient transgenic Jatropha plants (8,933,302)
Double stranded nucleic acid targeting low copy promoter-specific RNA (8,513,401)
Methods and systems for DNA isolation on a microfluidic device (8,304,185)
Fish cancer model (8,242,326)
Transposition of maize Ac/Ds elements in vertebrates (8,137,974)
Multi-targeting short interfering RNAs (8,071,752)
Unsymmetrical cyanine dyes for high resolution nucleic acid melting analysis (7,943,320)
Real-time PCR in micro-channels (7,629,124)
Eubacterial tmRNA sequences and uses thereof (7,611,843)
High-efficiency Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cotton using petiole explants (7,592,508)
Dehiscence gene and methods for regulating dehiscence (7,109,395)
Fluorescent cobalamins and uses thereof (6,797,521)
Contulakin-G, analogs thereof and uses therefor (6,369,193)
Bioconjugates and delivery of bioactive agents (6,315,978)
Tumor suppressor designated TS10Q23.3 (6,262,242)
Method for enhancing or accelerating re-epithelialization or re-endothelialization of a tissue (5,922,701)
Chromosome 13-linked breast cancer susceptibility gene (5,837,492)
17Q-linked breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene (5,747,282)
Conotoxin peptides (5,633,347)
Long QT syndrome genes (5,599,673)
Methods for preventing progressive tissue necrosis, reperfusion injury, bacterial translocation and adult respiratory distress syndrome (5,489,581)
Methods to determine predisposition to hypertension and association of variant angiotensinogen gene and hypertension (5,374,525)
Neurofibromatosis type 1 gene (5,227,292)
Alstroemeria named Erica (PP7,639)
Process for regenerating cereals (4,666,844)

Publications & Presentations

"A Patenting of Biotechnology: A Practical Approach," Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1985

"A Summary of Intellectual Property Protection for Plants," Patent World, 17 May 1987 issue

"A Protecting Plant Germplasm: Alternatives to Patent and Plant Variety Protection," Intellectual Property Rights Associated with Plants, American Society of Agronomy Special Publication No. 52, 1989

"A Patent Strategy for Genomic and Research Tool Patents: Are There Any Differences Between USA, Europe and Japan?," Drug Discovery Today 5(12):554-559 (2000)

"Clarifying the Breadth and Scope of Claims for Biotechnology and Genomics Inventions in Europe and the USA," ECPI's Practical Genomic & Research Tool Patent Strategies in the USA and Europe, London, October 1998

"Comparing and Contrasting the Differences in Patenting Law and Scope of Claims Between Europe, the USA and Japan for Genomics and Research Tools - Where Does This Leave Harmonization," ECPI's Biopharm Patent Forum: Practical Strategies for Obtaining and Enforcing Genomic & Research Tool Patents in Europe, the USA and Japan, London, October 1999

Professional Affiliations, Honors & Recognition

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Society of Human Genetics
District of Columbia Bar Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association
New York Academy of Sciences
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